Monday, May 17, 2010
#202 - 1964 Most Valuable Players
Card fact: Topps is featuring the 1964 design on this card. For me, the '64 design is notable in one important way. It marked the first time that Topps really assigned a certain color scheme to each team.
Oh, there were previous sets in which certain teams seemed to get one color combo more than the other, but there didn't seem to be any set pattern until the 1964 set. This was the point when collectors could start whining: "why did they pick GREEN for the Cardinals? There's no green in the Cardinals uniforms!" And as we well know, this became a common complaint in years to come.
Also, I'm wondering if this set featured the team name more prominently than any other Topps set. I'm thinking the 1986 set might be king in that area.
What I thought about this card then: Never saw it.
What I think about this card now: Not a lot really. The '64 set is a little too basic for my tastes. It's all right.
Other stuff: This was not the only time that two third basemen were voted MVP. It also happened in 1980 with George Brett and Mike Schmidt.
Other blog stuff: Thirty-one years ago today, the Phillies and Cubs played a 23-22 game at Wrigley Field. The Cubs' Dave Kingman hits three home runs and Bill Buckner has a grand slam and seven RBIs, but the Phillies win after Mike Schmidt hits the second of his two home runs in the 10th inning. I vividly remember reading about this game in Sports Illustrated.